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    March 18, 2013
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shape the plan. and critics blast the u.s. postal service now spending millions on a bay area conference massive cutback. . this is bay area news at 7:00. good evening. it's monday, march 18th. i'm gasia mikaelian, and this is bay area news at 7:00. we begin in santa clara county tonight where today former supervisor george pleaded guilty to a dozen criminal charges for misusing $130,000 in county and campaign funds. he said he used that money to feed what he call add gambling addiction. today prosecutors revealed the 51-year-old solicited campaign funds to strictly use for gambling. >> that money went through what we call the frush fund. that was never made public that he was taking in money under false pretenses. >> now, we also learned that he
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won $400,000 gambling with the money. prosecutors hinted the winnings could be use today pay back his debt. the guilty pleas are part of a deal he made with the da's office to avoid up to eight years in state prison. he now faces up to one year in jail. he's due back in court april 30th when the judge will set the sentencing date. friends and relatives paid their last respects in san francisco today for a family killed by an alleged drunk driver in daly city. 50-year-old josepha and her two sons died after their car was broadsided by a speeding driver earlier this month. police arrested 28-year-old sunny vail man. he faces three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges. happening now bart is wrapping up the first day of a test allowing cyclists on board at all times of the day with their bikes even during the busy commute hours. jana live at the bart station to tell us how the first day went
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both for sieshg lists and other riders. jana. >> not bad so far, gasia. i asked bart officials just how many people this impact. they say there's about 5% of their rider who is use bicycles and that number is growing. they're trying this pilot program, and it lasts from today until friday. >> bikes on bart are common, but bike riders have long been frustrated with bans on certain trains at certain times. >> sometimes they kick me off. sometimes they try to sneak in. i'm not going to lie, i do try to sneak in because i got to get home or come this way to get to work. >> with the new pilot program bieks are being allowed during peak morning and commute hours. >> i hope for full-time access toth train with the bike. there's a lot of people. it's been a problem for awhile. >> often trains are so crowded there's barely enough room for passengers. bart did a limited trial in august only on friday sgls we did some research and heard from a number of people they didn't really like mixing with bikes.
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>> some seniors, disabled riders and others were kshd about bikes taking up too much space around the doors. >> it's hard for a handicapped person to get around bikes. >> bike folks have options, but handicap people don't so that's another thing. >> bart is realigning the train seats on all cars to make more spees around the doors and this week the front cars are reserved for passengers only during commute hours. as for running bike-only cars, fleet officials say that's impossible. >> all of our fleet is out and running on a typical day. there's some cars in for maintenance but the trains are pretty much at the full length all the time. >> bart officials say encouraging bike use will also help their parking lot situation. usually they are full. now, after this week's biking proom they're going to present a report and reck men diagnosis toth bart board. if you want to weigh in, you can fill out a survey and leave comments on their web site at bart.gov. reporting live. ktvu channel 2 news. >> if you find hailing a cab in
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san francisco a vexing problem, there may soon be an app for that. ahead in our net news segment, if effort to get cabs to your door quicker than before. two people are recovering tonight following a brawl and stabbing in alameda brawl. police say two large groups of people began fighting at sports bar around closing time at 2:00 a.m.. two victims were taken toth hospital. one underwent surgerys and in stable condition. the other was treat and had released. so far police have not made any arrests. tavern answer eled an upcoming performance after she reportedly went on an anti-gay rant during a concert in san francisco. the singer reportedly used derogatory terms for gay people and railed against gay marriage. witness said about two-thirds of the audience walked up and got out of that concert last night. this afternoon, the hot monk tavern in novato said shocked comments led them to cancel her performance there schejed for march 29th. former secretary of state hilary clinton has come out in
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support of gay marriage. >> lgbt americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. that includes marriage. >> clinton immediate the announcement in a video posted on you tube today. it's a change in position for the former first lady who said she opposed gay marriage during the 2008 presidential campaign. president obama also changed his mind on the issue in the leadup to last year's election. clinton's announcement is fueling speculation she's considering another run for president in 2016. you might call out the republican party 2.0. ahead in 13 minutes, the gop's bold new plan to win back mainstream voters. now, trending, lindsey lohan is going back to rehab. the troubled young actress today agreed to spend 90 days locked in a drug rehab facility as part of a three deal to settle charges relate today a traffic
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accident last summer. she also did not challenge the finding she violated her probation from a previous shoplifting conviction. lohan was actually sentence today jail time for the two charges but the judge is allowing her to serve it in rehab. i'm her father. don't give me any [ bleep ] . no, no, no, no. you let go. >> outside the courtroom, an outburst from lohan's father caused quite a stir. michael lohan is accusing mishandling her case. just using lindsey to make a name for themselves. you can see the whole video and the reaction from lindsey's attorneys by going to ktvu.com. while you're there just look in today's hot topic section. at a time when the postal service is kuth back, dozens of protesters asked how that agency could spend millions on a conference. the postmaster general says the cost of attending pays off.
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>> protesters are outraged. at a time when the u.s. postal service is making drastic cuts, its managers are spending $2 million to attend this. >> when they're taking away jobs from america. >> yet the postmaster general says they can't afford not to attend. the national postal forrums meetings and workshops are their best chance to reach their biggest venn dors. >> i think it 's a very responsible thing because if you take a look in this room, the people signature in this room represent $22 billion of revenue. that's one-third of the revenue in the postal service. >> and vendors say this is their chance to see what's new. >> let them know what we are looking for in mailing and to get ideas of what they have coming up that we can utilize. >> however, cuts keep coming. the postal service has reduced its work force, cost base and delivery route, and there's the proposed elimination of saturday mail delivery come august. but officials say there's also a
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huge push toward technology and the way to compete now 40% of postal service revenue comes from online access. >> we've lost 27% of our total volume in mail. you can't sit back and do nothing. >> the protesters, many of them postal workers, say that's the one thing they did agree on. >> we're one of the highest-rated federal agencies. we'd hate to see the postal service go under. >> the postal service sent 160 fewer employee this is year toth conference as compared to last year. the event itself runs through wednesday. ktvu channel 2 news. president obama has tapped thomas perez to be the new labor secretary. perez is currently the -- for that, perez led maryland's department of labor, licensing and regulation. if the nomination is approved, perez will take over the position. on wall street stocks closed lower on concerns about the financial health of yufrp. the dow lost 62 points.
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nasdaq dropped 11. investors are concerned a bail out plan for cypress could threaten other european nations. redwood city video game maker electronic arts announced today its ceo john riccitiello will step down at the end of the month. previous ceo will lead the company while it looks for a permanent replacement. shares of ea wurp about 2 and a half percent in after-hours trading. voted today to issue $8.6 billion in bonds for construction of the high speed rail system connecting san francisco and los angeles. the funding was approved by voters in 2008. the california high speed rail authority wants to initially sell $2 and a half billion of the bond with construction scheduled to begin on the first segment in central valley this summer. the entire route is not expected to be complete until the year 2028. some neighbors in oakland say they've seen an explosion of graffiti poppinging up south of downtown. the brand new bart connecter to oakland international airport, which is still under construction, has been tagged
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you see here, so several freeway onramps, homes, businesss and delivery trucks. we talked to oakland city councilman today who says there are plenty antivandalism laws on the books but not enough enforcement and only two city crews designated for cleanup. the city of concord says the high cost has it considering the move to imbed electronic devices on street lamps. vallejo began using it two years ago. the arrests of suspected copper thieves spike. >> we get a message that the wire is being removed, and it's literally moving, and we get notification. pd gets notification, and they go after it. >> concord says it has spent more than a million dollars repairing and replacing copper wiring since $2,007. kocher wiring is worth about a pound at salvage yards. oakland police met the press today to go over a mrn for a new community policing strategy.
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police want to divide the city to five districts, each led by a captain required to meet regularly with the neighborhood advisory board. the police department accepts applications and then will pick who sits on the advisory board. there's no word when this new sum is expected to be in place. march madness is under construction here at hp pavilion. great fun for the funs but unto itself. and a major player considers a new mraun to go a la carte when it comes to television programming. the proposal some say may shake up the industry. our dry mouth weather is coming to an end. when the rain will be on your doorstep coming up. morning, brian!
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. the decision to close control towers at hundreds of
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small airports around the country has been delayed until friday. it was supposed to be made today, but the federal aviation administration says it needs more time to consider appeals to spare some airports from budget cuts. five bay area airports are on the list for possible kroez yours, concord, livermore, napa, santa rosa and san carlos. ready or not march madness descends this week. it should provide a spark in san jose where as tom reports, big games will provide an economic boom some businesses missed. >> the ncaa regulation basketball court is one of the final physical steps needed to convert hp pavilion for rounds two and three of what fans call march madness. and though this jigsaw puzzle has identically-sized pieces, they must fit together in a specific order, and they must fit together perfectly. but preparations are far from over for this week's faction.
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>> just 24 hours ago we found out which teams are going to be come sog that right there mean that is there's a lot more work that needs to be done between now and thursday. >> eight teams, including cal, oregon,unlv and sir kuz are drawing fans from far and wide. >> definitely want to see syracuse. >> price seems nod to be a hurdle. >> price is pretty fair. it's, like, 125 for a three-shegs pass so, i mean, it's definitely doable in this market these days. >> the team in san jose itself will be seen by fans in the seats and by millions throughout television land. >> this really is a great advertisement, a great commercial for the city of san jose to showcase itself not only as a major player in athletics, but a major player as a city in the united states. >> with the hockey season cut in half, march madness brings merchants gladness. >> bring in extra staff and make sure have enough food so, yeah, we, yeah, get more people to work. >> it's going to be, you know, much bigger than any sort of
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event that goes on in hp, typically bigger than a sharks game. >> local businesses lost at least a third of their incomes during the nhl lockout. tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. california state university says it wants to spend a projected $125 million in extra state funding to expand enrollment, boost employee salary and offset the increased cost of energy health benefits. this marks the first increase in state funding for the 23-campus system, which it's had to endure five years of budget cuts. board of trustee social security set to discuss this proposal tomorrow. a 27-year-old hacker was sentence today nearly three and a half years in prison today or illegal lie obtaining e-mail addresses from at@'s web site. three years ago, he found a security breach in at&t's web site allowing him and his company to access 14,000 e-mail addresses. he gave those to a journalist in an effort to expose at&t's
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security flaws. he was found guilty of two crime, identity theft and conspiracy to access computers without authorization. verizon says its's talking to some of its partner media companies about a plan that could lower rates for its fios tv subscribers. verizon wants to tie to carry certain tv channels to how many people actually watch them. verizon says it's talking to small and mid-size media companies about this proposal which could shake up the pay television business. it would be difficult to persuade the bigger companys to get on board. there's a new plan to help get a cab quicker in san francisco. they are said to vote tomorrow on a mrn that would require cab companys to provide real-time data about the location and availability of cab sos consumers could call the closest-available cab. officials say right now riders often call several companies for rides then just jump in with whoever shows up first. president of one cab company said the reason it's hard to get a cab in the city is because the
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mta limits the number of cabs. a former 70s soul group member, the spinners, has died. bobby smith was one of the lead singers of the group behind the hit shuch as i'll be around, could it be i'm falling in love, and games people play. the group's manager says died over the weekend due to complications from pneumonia and influenza. bobby smith was 76 years old. in a move called unprecedented by some in u.s. politics, the republican party laid out the formal groundwork for change. a story done in reports a new internal plan makes numerous recommendation but how the gop can regain its connection with mainstream voters. >> the republican reboot is underway. >> as it makes clear, there's no one reason we lost. our message was weak. our ground game was
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insufficient. we weren't inclusive. >> after a tough 2012 presidential loss and a senate seat reduction, the republican national committee released findings from its autopsy report. reaching out to more than 50 thousand people to look back and figure out how to move forward. >> this is an unprecedented thing for a national party to put their cards on the table face up, but this is what we're willing to do to build our party. >> a few surveys show 6 in 10 americans think the gop is out of touch. exit polls showed president obama won overwhelmingly over minority voter sfls they're trying to get a facelift when, in fact, the party needs an organ transplant. >> part of the plan of action, a $10 million minority outreach program likely in hopes of avoiding election season moments like this. here's romney at the end of. >> i'm going to eliminate every non-sheshl expensive program i can find. that includes obama care, and
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i'm going to work to reform and save --. >> also on the table, remember all those republican debates. >> are you just going to keep talking or are you going to let me finish with what i have to say. >> the plan is to limit them, shorten the primary calendar and move up the party's convention. >> it's a start. is it the magic formula, the silver bullet to start winning elections? no. >> the bottom line, modernize the message. in washington i'm tori dunnan reporting. the supreme court heard argument today about whether states can require voters to prove citizenship. the case involves arizona and would affect four other states but not california. arizona requires voters to they're citizens. immigration rights advocates worry add law discourages some people from voeth. a new commute alternative is hardly having the impact many had hoped. coming up the ferry that's creating smaller waves as some originally predicted. by this time tomorrow, rain may finally be back in the
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triple that number in the first year. the ferry occupy rater wants to add afternoon trips to lure recreational travelers as well as school groups. our meteorologist is here, and as we are closeing in on that first day of spring, we're also closing in on some rain. yes. much huff needed rain and showers on the way for the final day of winter and the first day of spring. outside our doors right now, just a lot of cloud cover. take a look at all that gray over the bay area. 60 degrees santa rosa right now 53 san francisco, 58 in hayward. still holding onto come mid 60s. walnut creek, antioch, concord, load 60s in fairfield. back it up, going to show you the system that is going to bring us that rain. still a few hun miles off the coastline. the center of the system, but already sheeing some of this southerly moisture pull in, these clouds that will continue overhead as we get into tomorrow morning we'll start out with the cloud sxhs that will help hold our temperatures up just a bit so isle show you those numbers in just a moment but overnight lows not too bad. we will have the mid and high-level clouds with us, and here is the rain as early as
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6:00, 7:00 tomorrow so perhaps some light rain in time for the evening drive, but up until that point we're going to be mainly dry. so the first half of tuesday, dry, cloudy, maybe a sprinkle, and then the light rain will move in by the evening so if you have evening plans you may need the umbrella. we start out wednesday morning with a few scattered showers but by 8:00, 9:00 moving into the north bay. as we get in 10:00, 11:00, down in the central bay. for the lunch hour still raining for the central bay. down in south baby 1:00, 2:00 and lingering showers in wednesday evening. how much rain will we see? anywhere from a quarter inch to perhaps half inch for mountain areas, maybe a little more for north bay coastal hill sxhs for the rest of us anywhere from a tenth to three tenths, maybe half inch for parts of the north bay. not a lot of rain, but we'll take it. 45 in con as we start the day tomorrow. 48 in san francisco. 40s for san jose as well as the north bay low 40s for you.
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there is a look at the afternoon high so cloudy, rain moving in late late in the afternoon, and temperatures cooler than what we have seen in recent days. there is a look at the extended forecast. rain on wednesday tapering off to showers. wednesday will be the coolest day as we get into thursday and friday we're drying out and by the weekend weir bouncing back, mid 70s in the forecast with mostly sunny skies. gasia. >> thank you, rose mary. more than a million people are expected in rome for tomorrow's official installation of poach francis as the vatican. vice president joe biden is leading the u.s. allegation. he'll be joined by house leader nancy pelosi. today the pope francis met with the president of his home country, argentina. christina fer nan dez. ms. kirchner said she asked the pope to help selt argentina's dispute with the uk. thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. i'm gasia mikaelian, and our coverage continues with the 10:00 news and tonight we're
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following the controversy surrounding the anti-gay comments made by singer michelle at a show in san francisco. the fallout from her remarks here in the bay area and online. we're always here for you at ktvu.com. tmz is up next right here on tv 36.
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